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Students' Union awarded "Excellent" in NUS Green Impact scheme

"Gold" or "Excellent" Green Impact awards 2012-2018

The University of Sussex Students' Union (USSU) has once again achieved the highest award of "Excellent" in the NUS sustainability scheme, Green Impact.

Just 15 of the 70 participating students' unions were awarded Excellent. 
Each year since 2012 the USSU has achieved the highest award, and we are extremely pleased to say that this year is no exception. 
The Green Impact scheme showcases the amazing sustainability work done by students' unions all over the country. It aims to structure the work done by students' unions to not only monitor their own environmental impact, but to work with their university, community and students to create positive change through their environmental work. 

A number of teams across campus participate in the Green Impact scheme, including Sussex Estates and Facilities, BMEC, SussexSport and SussexFood. Having the support of teams from The University and SEF makes possible projects such as The Freshers' Free Shop.

The Students' Union was awarded "Excellent" for projects such as the Free Shop, our work in helping the University become Fossil Free, and improving cycling facilities on campus.

Some of the things the USSU have done this year are; 

  • Got hot drinks allowed in the library on the condition they are in reusable mugs, discouraging the use of non-recyclable takeaway coffee cups 
  • Sorted over 100 crates of items for the Free Shop in September and donated 30 to charity
  • Hosted Go Green Week which saw cycle powered karaoke, unplugged gigs, film screenings, talks, and loads more!
  • Worked with The Bridge community kitchen to set up another Food Waste Cafe at the end of Go Green Week
  • Reclaimed furniture from East Slope Bar to go to the new bar being built in Northfield
  • Introduced the book market, encouraging students to reuse textbooks rather than throwing them out
  • Installed 120 new bike racks on campus
  • Had another Brighton Life Bike hub installed on campus
  • Subsidised travel to London for the student society Climate Action Movement so they could attend the Plan B court case, suing the government for ineffective climate targets
  • Celebrated the campaign win for Fossil Free Sussex with a party at East Slope Bar
  • Rewarded student societies who worked towards sustainability in the leaf scheme 

And already started thinking about plans for next year, so watch this space!

If you have any questions about, or suggestions for, our sustainability work, please get in touch with the Environmental Administrator at environment@sussexstudent.com

 

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